Columbia University Employee Reviews in United States

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Working very busy.
Accounts Payable Manager (Former Employee) –  New York, NYFebruary 2, 2016
On a daily basis there are many invoices to be paid. Management dose not give any clues on to deal with union employees. Most co-workers are very friendly and are willingly to help. The hardest part of the job is how to deal with union employees who are not performing well. The most enjoyable part of the job is their benefits. Good medical programs and of course free tuition.
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Management has potential
Administrative Education Coordinator (Current Employee) –  New York, NYFebruary 24, 2016
Management has potential to excel their employees by enrolling in leadership courses and training. There is an over load of work without any compensation.
Pros
free lunches
Cons
overload of work with no compensation
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Nice Job
Financial Advisor (Current Employee) –  New York, NYFebruary 24, 2016
Good place to work and provided stable income. In addition, tuition benefit is a perk as well. So go for it if you want to experience it.
Pros
Nice staff, nice offices, good benefits
Cons
The location is pretty inconvenient
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comfortable, but tough to advance
Finance Analyst (Former Employee) –  New York, NYOctober 15, 2015
Comfortable hours, not too stressful however advancement options are few and far between. Great vacation and tuition benefits. Very nice people, but a bit too lackadaisical.
Pros
work life balance
Cons
red tape everywhere and no sense of urgency
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Great place to work
Administrative Coordinator (Business Services) (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJanuary 13, 2016
Great place to work with great people, excellent benefits and the environment is energetic. I wouldn't mind working there again.
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Columbia University is a nice place to work
Research Scientist (Current Employee) –  New York, NYDecember 10, 2015
You can find nice, smart and brilliant people everyday and find collaboration opportunities. A nice to place to grow. Decent salary and good benefits. Space is always an issue. Rent price is very high.
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Teamwork for a great foundation.
Executive Assistant (Former Employee) –  New York, NYOctober 13, 2015
Starting in a new department and building a team was awesome! I enjoy all of the logistics that go into setting up an office from start to finish and then seeing the benefits of doing it right because of the productivity from the department members.
Pros
Attended many events that provided an opportunity to meet the people I worked for.
Cons
healthcare
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A very productive place
Project Manager (Current Employee) –  New Yoork, NYSeptember 12, 2015
Columbia University Facilities and Planning Departments have evolved to a well organized organization.
Many design and construction projects have been strategically planned and will keep many of the project managers busy for the next 10 years, specifically at the new Manhattanville campus
Pros
Job security is OK
Cons
Health care benefits can be better
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Stimulating work environment with great colleagues
Research Program Manager (Current Employee) –  New York, NYOctober 1, 2015
The university setting allows an individual employee an almost unlimited opportunity to develop one's own skills, higher education, physical fitness, as well as to tap benefits including discounts for arts institutions in New York City.
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Great job in a respected department
Senior Research Coordinator (Former Employee) –  New York CityAugust 23, 2015
Great environment if you hare in the "right" department. Advancement opportunities if you know where to look. Fair compensation and benefits offered.
Pros
Fair compensation and benefits offered.
Cons
Siloistic mentality throughout system
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Great place to work with good people
Research Safety Specialist (Former Employee) –  NY, NYJuly 16, 2015
I enjoyed my time at Columbia. My colleagues were interesting and respectful, I had the freedom to create my own job activities as I saw fit, the benefits were superb. I did not appreciate an adminsitration that was very top heavy where employees could not provide positive feedback. There was a lot of micro management which ended up being resented.
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Okay work place
Computer Lab Consultant, IT Department (Current Employee) –  New York, NYOctober 7, 2015
The working hours and salary is just okay. The environment is quite and nice. It is just a part time job so not too much comment.
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Internal movement very limited
Call Center Supervisor (Current Employee) –  New York, NYMarch 27, 2016
Check messages to account and prepare for staffing requirements. Operators report to work, turn on system and begin taking calls. I log into system and monitor calls. Check reports and get an idea of what to expect. Prepare several type of reports as required by management. Communicate with operator issues or concerns that come up throughout the day and come up with workable solutions. Feeling that there is something else you can do even when meeting dissatisfied customer needs. Having callers say "Thank You"
Pros
Unlimited Sick days
Cons
internal movement
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Great work environment
Swimming Instructor - Lifeguard (Former Employee) –  New York, NYSeptember 16, 2015
It was great until the pool from Teachers College had a leak and it was shut down. We were all laid off and never compensated.
Pros
Great People
Cons
No benefits
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A Private University With a Commitment to Public Service
Special Assistant to the Faculty (Current Employee) –  New York, NYMarch 30, 2015
Columbia is a large academic center with local, national and international affiliations and relationships. This has made it a world class university and students and faculty find working and studying here to be challenging and rewarding.

Staff salaries have improved and benefits, including tuition support are attractive. The quality of work environments varies so it helps to do some research before applying for employment, but in general the atmosphere is generally professional and working here is a rewarding experience.
Pros
Generous benefits, including the opportunity to earn a degree at little cost.
Cons
Inconsistent management quality and poor HR administration.
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Student in Sustainability Management
Sustainability Management Graduate Thesis (Former Employee) –  New York, NYNovember 6, 2015
Columbia University's Sustainability Management Program offers students the chance to learn the latest practices in sustainable resources, marketing and finance. After attending school here, I am able to understand complex topics such as marketing strategy, cost benefit analysis, green accounting and statistical analysis.
Pros
Excellent training Program
Cons
Long Hours
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Major educational institution with attractive benefits
Director of Web & EDM Services / Main Campus (Former Employee) –  New York, NYAugust 7, 2015
Strong work teams and a great variety of work assignments. The University offers benefits including education reimbursement.
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The money made the politics worth it
Administrative Clerk, Department of Medicine (Former Employee) –  New York, NYApril 9, 2016
There is an underlying system at work in Columbia University. There are rules that most people don't even know about. The key to succeeding at CU is to know someone/their sister/their aunt, their brother or their dad. Its all about who you know. The people in a position to hire and fire are all looking to hire who they know from their own personal lives. And that kind of sucks.
My supervisor refused to teach me anything new despite requesting more tasks. She insisted she had no time to teach me anything. Then she hired someone she had to teach anyway. It was not okay.
Pros
Conveniently located
Cons
The managerial staff is not very helpful or motivating.
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Great place to work and job security is optimal
Project Coordinator (Former Employee) –  New York, NYMay 9, 2015
Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) is a great place to work. Coworkers and management provide respectful environment. CUMC is a meeting of the minds. You have the ability to be a part of groundbreaking research. I would highly recommend working at CUMC .
Pros
Benefits, work life balance
Cons
Upwards mobility is difficult, but not impossible
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Academia remains predictable but pleasing
Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJanuary 19, 2016
Work often fluctuates with the schoo lyear and works agonistic to the students schedules so during heavy academic periods depending on what the position you have you may either have less or more work depending on homw many students need you or if your work impacts or is more impacted by the students' lives or work.

The advantages of being on campus beyond being around others as they are learning.
Most work especially reasearching has a a bit of cushines that allows one to ake the intellectual risks needed to make good work thus maing the administrators the great thorn in the side of the researchers as they are the limiting factor to the all consuming academic drive.
Pros
Food every where, general air of comfort among employess
Cons
Frantic self importantant students, bureaucracy
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